Every Day Is A Gift

Today is Monday, April 23, 2018. Day 21,956.

Five days until our next Night of Worship.

It is the traditionally observed birthday of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). He said (or wrote), “We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” BrainyQuote

The word for today is cathexis, a noun which means, “investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea.”

Yesterday was, for the most part, a nice, restful day. We had our worship gathering, which, it seems, was sparsely attended for some reason. After we got home, we had our late lunch of steak and potatoes, after which I played some games and C relaxed in the bedroom. At 6:00 PM, she had a couple of other ladies (other church members) over for some fellowship time, and I played WoW in the study. They call these meetings “confession” groups. I don’t think there was much confession going on, because I mostly heard laughter. They were probably talking about their husbands. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

The Red Sox lost again!! Two in a row!! Oh, dear. The A’s beat them 4-1. So a couple of things happened this weekend. They got no-hit for the first time in twenty-five years, they lost two in a row for the first time this season, and they lost a series for the first time this season. But they are still the best team in baseball by two games, with a 17-4 record. They have an off day today, and begin a series in Toronto tomorrow night.

The Rangers won a game, yesterday, beating Seattle 7-4, making their season record 8-15. They remain in last place, 3.5 games behind the A’s. Speaking of the A’s, the Rangers play them in Arlington, this evening.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS
All Scriptures are from the ESV unless otherwise noted

To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Testimony. Of Asaph, a Psalm.
Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. 
  Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up your might and come to save us! 
  Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! 
  O LORD God of hosts, how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 
You have fed them with the bread of tears and given them tears to drink in full measure. 
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors, and our enemies laugh among themselves.

Psalm 80:1-6

I’m fond of verse 3 in this passage, “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!” That’s a good prayer for our nation, today.

This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

This is a verse that I learned as a child. It has been etched in my memory for decades. Now, in context, it’s all about Jesus. You see, the preceding verses go like this: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” Then the verse after contains the word that the people chanted as Jesus rode down the street on that young donkey. “Hosanna!” “Save us!”

In spite of all of this, however, I see no harm in taking this verse out of context and applying it to this day. The day that I am sitting here typing this. The day we call “today.” THIS is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. The same can be said when the elusive day known as “tomorrow” arrives.

Furthermore, it would do us well to remember this truth, throughout the day. Even if, and especially when, it does not turn out the way we planned.

Every day is a gift from God. Even the ones that don’t go the way we wanted them to.

Rejoice.

Father, I thank you for this day. I used to say that at the beginning of every prayer. But today, I mean it. I do thank you for this day. The one in front of me. Thank you for another day of life. And when things don’t go the way I planned, today, may your Spirit remind me of this gift, that I might rejoice and be glad in it.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.